CBSE Class 10 Social Science Syllabus 2020
Updated on Dec 18, 2019 - 12:37 p.m. IST by Saumya.Srivastava
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CBSE Class 10 Social Science Syllabus 2020 - Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released the CBSE syllabus for Class 10 Social Science 2020. Students can check the important topics and marking scheme in the latest CBSE 10th Social Science syllabus 2020. Therefore, students must go through the same and plan their study schedule accordingly. There are four different sections in Social Science including History, Geography, Political Science & Economics. Each section will carry 20 marks. CBSE Class 10 exams 2020 for Social science will be held on March 18, 2020. So, this is the peak time when students should buck up and complete the entire syllabus. Read this article to download the CBSE Class 10 Social Science syllabus 2020 and know the marking scheme.
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CBSE Class 10 Social Science Syllabus 2020

Students can refer to the CBSE 10th Social Science syllabus along with the chapters and important topics. Know the marking scheme and prepare for the exam in a specific manner.

CBSE Syllabus for Class 10 Social Science

Unit 1 - India and the Contemporary World – II



Marking Scheme

The Rise of Nationalism in Europe

  • The French Revolution and the Idea of the Nation

  • The Making of Nationalism in Europe

  • The Age of Revolutions: 1830-1848


Nationalism in India

  • The First World War, Khilafat and Non - Cooperation

  • Differing Strands within the Movement

  • Towards Civil Disobedience

The Making of a Global World

  • The Pre-modern world

  • The Nineteenth Century (1815-1914)

  • The Interwar Economy

The Age of Industrialization:

  • Before the Industrial Revolution

  • Hand Labour and Steam Power

  • Industrialization in the colonies

Print Culture and the Modern World

  • The Reading Mania

  • The Nineteenth Century India and the World of Print

  • Religious Reform and Public Debates

  • New Forms of Publication

Unit 2 - Contemporary India – II



Marking Scheme

1. Resources and Development

  • Land Utilization

  • Land Use Pattern in India

  • Land Degradation and Conservation Measures

  • Soil as a Resource Classification of Soils


2. Forest and Wildlife

  • Asiatic Cheetah: Where did they go?

  • The Himalayan Yew in trouble

  • Conservation of forest and wildlife in India

  • Project Tiger

3. Water Resources

  • Water Scarcity and The Need for Water Conservation and Management

  • Multi-Purpose River Projects and Integrated Water Resources Management

4. Agriculture

  • Types of farming

  • Cropping Pattern

  • Major Crops

5. Minerals and Energy Resources

  • What is a mineral?

  • Mode of occurrence of Minerals

  • Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Minerals

  • Non-Metallic Minerals

6. Manufacturing Industries

  • Industrial Location

  • Classification of Industries

  • Spatial distribution

7. Life Lines of National Economy:

  • Communication

  • International Trade

  • Tourism as a Trade

Unit 3: Democratic Politics – II

1. Power Sharing

  • Case Studies of Belgium and Sri Lanka

  • Why power sharing is desirable?


2. Federalism

  • What makes India a Federal Country?

  • How is Federalism practised?

  • Decentralization in India

3. Democracy and Diversity

  • Differences, similarities and divisions

  • Politics of social divisions

4. Gender, Religion and Caste

  • Gender and Politics Religion, Communalism and Politics

  • Caste and Politics

5. Popular Struggles and Movements

  • Popular Struggles in Nepal and Bolivia

  • Mobilization and Organization

6. Political Parties

  • Why do we need Political Parties?

  • How many Parties should we have?

  • National Political Parties State Parties

7. Outcomes of Democracy

  • Economic growth and development

  • Reduction of inequality and poverty

  • Accommodation of social diversity

8. Challenges to Democracy

  • Thinking about challenges

  • Thinking about Political Reforms

  • Redefining democracy

Unit 4: Understanding Economic Development

1. Development

  • National Development

  • How to compare different countries or states?

  • Income and other criteria Public Facilities


2. Sectors of the Indian Economy

  • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sectors in India

  • Division of sectors as organized and unorganized

  • Sectors in terms of ownership: Public and Private Sectors

3. Money and Credit

  • Loan activities of Banks

  • Two different credit situations

  • Terms of credit Formal sector credit in India

4. Globalization and the Indian Economy

  • Production across countries

  • Interlinking production across countries

5. Consumer Rights


Click here to download the complete CBSE 10th Social Science syllabus 2020

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Exam Pattern 2020

Given below is the CBSE 10th exam pattern of Social Science. Students can go through the same to know the marking scheme unit wise.

CBSE 10th Social Science Exam Pattern


Unit Name



India and the Contemporary World - II



Contemporary India - II



Democratic Politics - II



Understanding Economic Development




CBSE Class 10 Social Science Syllabus 2020 - Internal Assessment

Students can go through the marks segregated in the internal assessment in the CBSE Class 10 Social Science exams emphasized in the table below.

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Internal Assessment

Internal Assessment

Periodic Assessment (Pen & Paper test)

Assessment through Quiz, Debate, Viva, Group Discussion, Peer Assessment, Self-Assessment, etc

10 Marks


Classwork, Assignments, Achievements of students

05 Marks

Subject Enrichment (Practical Work)

Project work

05 Marks



Also, read CBSE Class 10 admit card

CBSE Class 10 Social Science 2020- Question Paper Design


Also, read CBSE Class 10 question papers

CBSE 10th Social Science Books 2020

  • India and the Contemporary World - II (History) - Published by NCERT
  • Contemporary India - II (Geography) - Published by NCERT
  • Democratic Politics II (Political Science) - Published by NCERT
  • Understanding Economic Development - Published by NCERT
  • Together, Towards a Safer India - Part III, a textbook on Disaster Management - Published by CBSE

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Preparation Tips 2020

Social Science is a very interesting and scoring subject. Therefore, students are advised to prepare this subject with sincerity and planning and complete the CBSE 10th Social Science syllabus 2020 at the earliest. Implement some of the simple but effective preparation tips and score well in the CBSE Class 10 exams.

  • Complete the CBSE syllabus for Class 10 Social Science as soon as possible and dedicate maximum time for revision.

  • Do not mug up instead try to understand the logic behind every topic you read. Simply mugging up without understanding will not help.

  • In addition to completing the CBSE 10th Social Science syllabus 2020, refer to the date sheet and know the exam dates and timing. Students are advised to prepare for those exams first which are scheduled early.

  • Solve previous years’ CBSE 10th Social Science sample papers to get an idea about the types of questions asked in the exams.

  • While completing the CBSE Class 10 Social Science syllabus 2020, students are also advised to make personal notes of the topics they’ve already covered and revise from these notes on a daily basis.

  • Seek help from teachers and friends and clear all the doubts within the time. This will let you revise in a better and more dedicated manner and help you score well in the CBSE Class 10 result.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CBSE Class 10 Social Science Syllabus 2020

Question: What are the passing marks in the CBSE Class 10 exams 2020?


Students need to score at least 33% marks in theory and practical exams separately in order to pass the CBSE Class 10 exams.

Question: What is the best way to remember dates in Class 10 Social Science exam 2020?


Students are advised to note down all the dates in their notebook and go through them daily to memorise them well.

Question: Which is the best guide to prepare for CBSE Class 10 Social Science?


Students must note that NCERT is more than sufficient to prepare for the CBSE 10th exams. They are advised to read all the topics and do not miss out even the information given in boxes.

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is 75%attendence is important?

ayush mishra 9th Jan, 2020

Hello Prabhjot!

The attendance criteria is strict and is followed in most cases in almost all the schools in the country. Since you have not completely specified your condition, I assume you are asking about Class 10 or 12 attendance regulations and in that case, CBSE and all other education boards have strict regulations, so you should not fiddle with them in ideal cases. However, if you have any medical or any other unavoidable circumstance, then you should contact higher authorities for help.


cbse class 10th school leaving certificate and migration certificate will required during neet counseling

chandra keerthi pothina 15th Dec, 2019

hey sejal

While reporting to the allotted college, candidates must submit the original copy of the required documents which can be are listed below-

  • NEET 2020 Admit Card

  • NEET Scorecard or Rank Letter

  • Class 10 certificate and mark sheet (for date of birth)

  • Class 12 certificate and mark sheet

  • ID proof (Aadhar/PAN Card/Driving License/Passport)

  • Eight passport size photographs

  • Provisional Allotment Letter

  • Caste Certificate (if applicable)

  • PwD Certificate (if applicable)

so you do not need to carry migration certificate

hope this helped

all the best

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How can I cancel my Improvement form of class 10th?

Tamajit Student Expert 23rd Oct, 2019

Hi Arshad,

As per CBSE guidelines, there is no mention of a methodology for cancelling your improvement examination or nullify your candidature for the improvement examination. However, what you can do is you can skip the improvement examination only if you do not want to appear for the examination.

CBSE generates two separate marksheets for improvement candidates: one during the normal attempt of the examination and the other after the improvement examination which carries the marks of the improvement examination, thus you can show the mark sheet of your first or normal attempt and that way there is no evidence to prove the fact that you applied for the improvement examination. But do keep in mind that you must have an explanation for the academic gap that you are going to have between class X and class XII as that might be asked in your future places of academic enrollment.



can i opt for biocomputer after selecting basic maths in class 10 th

Sunanda Dhar Student Expert 24th Sep, 2019

yes you can opt for biocomputer after having maths at class 10.At class 10 leve basics are taught so can easily copeup with that.

Hope you find it helpful

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